Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hair-fine needles into specific body points to treat health at the level of Qi. Pronounced ‘chee,’ Qi is the life force or the subtle vital energy which motivates all living things. Often, immediate relief is obtained because acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural pain killers and has a calming effect. Blockages are removed and healing energy is allowed to flow.
Progress is variable; every patient’s path to healing is individual and is dependent upon their condition. In addition to the insertion of a needle, heat may be applied or treatment enhanced with electro-stimulation (not more than is generated by a flashlight battery). In lieu of stimulating needles, needle-free pads can be utilized or cupping applied.
We are all ‘body-electric’ (all living beings are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons) and the brain acts like the ‘black box’ of our bodies. Electrical impulses and connections are, therefore, what biologically make us ‘tick’. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the meridians of the body are channels (imagine subway lines in any metro system) where energy (Qi) generated from electrical impulses travels throughout the body on a continuous basis and sends information to and from the brain to maintain proper homeostasis.
An acupuncture point is essentially like a website or a metro station. This is the location where a sterile stainless steel needle taps into the system to send a signal to the central nervous system (the brain) to supply information concerning that particular station (in some cases a sore muscle or herniated disc) or a situation occurring throughout the metro line (back up or stagnation that is slowing down the train of energy in that meridian).
Instantly, the brain (or ‘switching central’) will interpret this message from the stimulated acupuncture point and send assistance in the form of neuropeptides, neurotransmitters, hormones, red blood cells, white blood cells or other materials to the area of the body where this signal is calling for help.
A Complete System of Medicine
This system of communication is how the body can lower its blood pressure, blood sugar, increase blood and energy to a particular organ or boost the body’s immune system to cite a few examples.
Acupuncture has been practiced for approximately 3,000 years and is a complete system of medicine. I do not just treat muscle pain; I treat all internal medical conditions and provide supportive treatments for conditions ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture with the addition of Chinese Herbal Therapy is a complete method of treating an individual.
The integration of modern medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine is a winning formula for achieving and maintaining complete wellness and living one’s life fully and with joy.